SHAPING HISTORY

It’s the mid 1980s and you’re on the hunt for a new -ton or larger truck… The only manufacturers offering diesels are Ford and GM—and while they’re torquey, the…

KEEPING PACE, PART 2: 550HP VP44 RECIPE

The second installment in this underdog diesel series brings us to the VP44-fueled, 24-valve 5.9L ISB Cummins that powered second-gen trucks from ’98.5-’02. Aside from the way it compared,…

CAT IN A TANK

In today’s world, a Caterpillar diesel in a tank seems like a naturally good idea. In World War II, however, diesel-powered tanks were not common. Certainly not with American ground forces.…

Keeping Pace, Part 1: 500hp 7.3L Recipe

A quarter century ago, Ford’s HEUI-injected 7.3L Power Stroke was state-of-the-art. These days however, your ’94.5-’03 Ford is way behind the times. But just because brand-new diesels are…

Project My2K: Part 8

We’re coming up on a year of ownership with Project My2k and have really turned this thing around. What started out as a worn out one owner run of the mill Super Duty has slowly morphed into a…

A Rare 12 Pack

Sometimes the best ideas come to a company and bear fruit at the worst possible times. Such was the case when Allis-Chalmers designed and built a new line of 60 degree V6, V8 and V12 diesels.

JIMMY MACK IS BACK!

While this Vintage Smoke column usually centers around period original diesels, this  Mack drew our attention. While it’s technically a “resto-mod” it’s a resto mod done in a vintage way. Have…

PROJECT MY2K: PART 6

Over the course of it’s nine year run of production, International produced almost 2-million 7.3L Power Stroke engines for Ford. Yeah, 2-million engines for the 1994-2003 Ford trucks, most of…

CARNAGE CLINIC

As much as some of us hate to admit it, diesel engines do fail. Pushed too far, there is only so much stress an OEM rotating assembly or valvetrain will tolerate. And sometimes even balanced,…

A KING OF AG

Case was within sight of the top power tier of the tractor market when it debuted the 70 series tractors in 1969. Just in time for the ‘70s. The ‘70s…. 70 Series… get it? The top…

Electric vs Diesel

The whole world is going electric, or so we’re told. But the reality is that while the world may eventually switch to 100-percent electric passenger vehicles, it’s not going to happen…

Vintage Diesel Engine That Starts On Gas

Making diesels user friendly was an uphill struggle in the late 1920s and early ‘30s. The advantages of the compression-ignition engine were generally known but the PITA involved in using one…

1929 Otto KV 50 

The engine in this story is one of the last built in the United States with a direct connection to the beginnings of internal combustion. If the name “Otto” tickles your memory a little, it’s…

The Orange & the Green

In 1970, the United States Air Force announced it’s first operationally ready Bare Base squadron, the 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Part of the 4th Fighter Wing, which dated back to the…

Endurance

Anybody here think their truck will still be in service 111 years from now? Here’s a 118 year old tugboat that remained in service for all but seven years of it’s life. The tug we now know as…